#TummyMustFall: Cyril Ramaphosa jogs through Gugulethu

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa engaging with Keidanren (Federation of Economic Organizations of Japan) in a breakfast meeting at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town. 16/02/2016. Ntswe Mokoena

If you were anywhere between Athlone and Gugulethu around 6am this morning, you may have caught a glimpse of a striding President. As he had done in Sea Point before last week’s SONA 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa took to the streets of Cape Town to jog with fellow South Africans.

He didn’t wear those Where’s Waldo? socks from last week, but he did manage to push a number of hashtags into Twitter’s zeitgeist.

Most of the sentiment was positive, which has become a theme for Ramaphosa since he’s become president.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading by example with this walk, he should extend an invite to the rest of cabinet,” tweeted one user.

“They must lead by example to fight obesity and help create a healthy nation.”

Others made puns that Gearburn editor Hadlee Simons would appreciate.

And yes, even the hashtag #TummyMustFall was a thing for a moment.

Others however noticed the formation of an ANC campaign gaining momentum ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“The ANC is set to recapture Cape Town!” excitedly tweeted one user.

Whether he’s is indeed hitting the campaign trail, or simply serious about seeing a fitter South Africa, expect to see the President in his jogging overalls on a roadside near you.

But at 2pm today he’ll be suited up once more as he delivers his reply to yesterday’s SONA 2018 debate in Parliament.

Feature images: GovernmentZA via Flickr (CC 2.0 BY-ND)

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